Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"a crucifixion on a worldwide scale"

Back in 1992, while an Australian film crew was making a documentary of his life at Shantivanam in South India, Fr. Bede Griffiths made some unusual observations:

“ The whole human race has now come to the moment when everything is at stake, when a vast shift of consciousness will have to take place on a massive scale in all societies and religions for the world to survive.”

When asked if he believed that the human race could survive, Fr. Bede responded:

“ Yes, but it will cost everything. Just as Jesus had to go through death into the new world of the Resurrection, so millions of us will have to go through a death to the past and to all old ways of being and doing if we are going to be brought by the grace of God into the truth of a real new age. The next twenty years will unfold a series of terrible disasters, wars and ordeals of every kind that will reveal if the human race is ready to die into new life or not...Either total destruction or total transformation is possible and depends on us, on what we choose and how we act.” 1


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